Today I had another refreshing experience. Due to heavy storms, the internet at my home and back-up office locations was down. So other than twice checking email on my mobile, I received no significant amounts of new information today.
This break from the information super-highway allowed me to work without distraction for 9 glorious hours. I now have an increased yearning for a cabin in the woods.
After reflection, it has been more than 18 months since I lead a meeting where a “no laptops, no phones, no gadgets” rule was strictly enforced. It is a meeting format I will re-institute. If you have never had a meeting with a “no electronics” rule, I recommend you try it. (I do allow watches in these meetings, but only until I see someone check his wrist twice in ten minutes.) This format can be especially helpful for core teams that constantly over-use PowerPoint and other presentation software. If you change the medium, often new insights will emerge.